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Posted by David Culp on May 27, 2001 at 19:03:40:
In Reply to: Herps in the classroom posted by John Meltzer-RJ Reptiles on April 13, 2001 at 04:24:20:
I teach 8th grade science in Carrollton, TX. I keep the following in my classroom.
0.0.3 Corns (2 albino, 1 snow)
Ive also had a green Ig and a Savannah Monitor (When it was very small). This year my goal is to have a live hatching and live birth in the classroom. I can handle the live hatching as the BPs are large enough to breed and I have an adult male BP to breed them to. I currently trying to get a couple of BCI to have the live birth.
All in all keeping the animals in the classroom works out great. The kids love the animals and I have strict rules regarding handling and care, and the kids know if they break those rules they dont get to handle the animals.
Even kids afraid or nervous of the snakes at the beginning of the year come around and may even handle them by the end of the year. Most adults that hate them at the beginning of the year hate them at the end also! It has also been my experience that girls are attracted to snakes much more than the boys. My classroom will be filled in the morning with girls come to see and interact with the snakes.
I have strict rules when handling and interacting with the snakes. Ive kept them there for two years without a single incident. And I get to use them in a science lesson or two throughout the year!